Youths Protest Irregularities In Imo PDP Governorship Primaries

PDPFollowing the alleged manipulation of the result from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries held in Imo state last week, angry youths numbering over 1000 stormed the PDP state headquarters on Okigwe Road in Owerri, the Imo state capital, calling on the leadership of the party to allow justice and equity prevail and declare Senator Ifeanyi Ararume the winner of the primaries having scored the highest votes at the polls.

They called on the leadership of the party and the National Working Committee to look into the issue as a matter of urgency and rectify the discrepancies in the figures and immediately declare Senator Ifeanyi Ararume as the valid winner of the election with 336 votes.

Addressing the protesters, the State Secretary of the Party, Mr George Egwu, called for restraint, saying that the national leadership of the party is not unaware of the issues surrounding the governorship primaries in the state as they are working tirelessly to resolve the issue amicably.

In a related development, some group of protesters from Orlu Senatorial District of Imo state stormed the Government House in Owerri protesting the result of the senatorial primaries of the All Progressives Congress in the area saying it was marred with irregularities.

They accused one of the aspirants in the area of imposing candidates and forcefully hijacking ballot boxes with thugs to manipulate the process of the election.

They called on the state governor, Rochas Okorocha, to cancel the election and do a fresh primary election in the area.